Donald Trump Calls 1/6 Committee 'Sham,' Says 'Executive Privilege Will Be Defended'

Former President Donald Trump blasted the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol as a "partisan sham" while promising that "executive privilege will be defended."

Trump insisted that the committee was being used to "distract Americans" from "failures" by President Joe Biden and other Democrats in a statement issued through his Save America PAC on Wednesday. The statement was released after the Democrat-controlled committee announced it had issued a series of demands that U.S. government agencies supply records related to the communications of the former president and officials in his administration just before the attack.

"The Leftist 'select committee' has further exposed itself as a partisan sham and waste of taxpayer dollars with a request that's timed to distract Americans from historic and global catastrophes brought on by the failures of Joe Biden and the Democrats," Trump said in his statement. "Unfortunately, this partisan exercise is being performed at the expense of long-standing legal principles of privilege."

"Executive privilege will be defended, not just on behalf of my Administration and the Patriots who worked beside me, but on behalf of the Office of the President of the United States and the future of our Nation," Trump added. "These Democrats only have one tired trick—political theater—and their latest request only reinforces that pathetic reality."

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Former President Donald Trump called the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol a "partisan sham" on Wednesday. Trump is pictured speaking during a "Save America" rally in Cullman, Alabama on August 21, 2021. Chip Somodevilla/Getty

A short time earlier, the House select committee announced that it had sent letters demanding records from the National Archives and Records Administration and seven other key government agencies including the FBI and the Department of Justice. The agencies were given two weeks to comply with the demands.

The requested records could include the communications of Trump, his daughter and former adviser Ivanka Trump, former Vice President Mike Pence, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and other key figures in the former president's orbit.

"The Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol is examining the facts, circumstances, and causes of the January 6th attack," Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the committee's chairman, said in a statement. "Our Constitution provides for a peaceful transfer of power, and this investigation seeks to evaluate threats to that process, identify lessons learned and recommend laws, policies, procedures, rules, or regulations necessary to protect our republic in the future."

Trump and other Republicans have repeatedly denounced the committee as partisan and biased. The committee consists of seven Democrats and two Republicans—Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), both of whom have been outspoken about their opposition to Trump and their opinions that he incited the Capitol riot.

Shortly before his term ended, Trump was impeached by the House for an unprecedented second time for allegedly inciting the riot. Cheney and Kinzinger were two of 10 Republicans that voted for impeachment. Trump was acquitted in a subsequent Senate trial when the chamber failed to reach the supermajority required for his conviction, although a simple majority was in favor of conviction.

Newsweek reached out to the office of Thompson for comment.